ABSURD CREATURES BY STEVE FERRERA

by Ariadna Zierold

steve ferrera, sculpture, creatures, monsters, surreal, berkeley, upper playground

Steve Ferrera received his BFA from UCSC and his MFA from SJSU both with an emphasis in sculpture. His work crosses many disciplines including film, television, stop motion animation, children’s books, and collectible toys. Often inspired by mythology, religion, cartoons, and make believe, his curious and absurd creatures exist in their own cosmic events, lurking on the fringes of fairy tale and folklore. He lives in Berkeley California with his one-eyed cat.

steve ferrera, sculpture, creatures, monsters, surreal, berkeley, upper playground steve ferrera, sculpture, creatures, monsters, surreal, berkeley, upper playground steve ferrera, sculpture, creatures, monsters, surreal, berkeley, upper playground steve ferrera, sculpture, creatures, monsters, surreal, berkeley, upper playground steve ferrera, sculpture, creatures, monsters, surreal, berkeley, upper playground steve ferrera, sculpture, creatures, monsters, surreal, berkeley, upper playground

MULTI EYED CREATURES BY TIM MOLLOY

by Ariadna Zierold

tim molloy, illustration, drawing, creature, creatures, monsters, eyes, detailed, cartoon, cartoons, new zealand, melbourne, upper playground

Tim Molloy is a New Zealand illustrator and comic artist, living and working in Melbourne. Since 2006 he has collaborated with writer Adam Lachlan to produce Life on Earth cartoons. Recently he has published two graphic novels, ‘It Shines and Shakes and Laughs’ and ‘Mr Unpronounceable Adventures’.

tim molloy, illustration, drawing, creature, creatures, monsters, eyes, detailed, cartoon, cartoons, new zealand, melbourne, upper playground tim molloy, illustration, drawing, creature, creatures, monsters, eyes, detailed, cartoon, cartoons, new zealand, melbourne, upper playground tim molloy, illustration, drawing, creature, creatures, monsters, eyes, detailed, cartoon, cartoons, new zealand, melbourne, upper playground tim molloy, illustration, drawing, creature, creatures, monsters, eyes, detailed, cartoon, cartoons, new zealand, melbourne, upper playground tim molloy, illustration, drawing, creature, creatures, monsters, eyes, detailed, cartoon, cartoons, new zealand, melbourne, upper playground tim molloy, illustration, drawing, creature, creatures, monsters, eyes, detailed, cartoon, cartoons, new zealand, melbourne, upper playground tim molloy, illustration, drawing, creature, creatures, monsters, eyes, detailed, cartoon, cartoons, new zealand, melbourne, upper playground tim molloy, illustration, drawing, creature, creatures, monsters, eyes, detailed, cartoon, cartoons, new zealand, melbourne, upper playground

SCIENCE FICTION BY VIRGIL FINLAY

by Ariadna Zierold

virgil finlay, science fiction, scifi, sci fi, illustration, drawing, illustrations, drawings, monochromatic, stippling, scratchboard, monsters, aliens, women, robots, space, spaceships, bizarre, fantastic, landscapes, pulp fantasy, upper playground

Virgil Finlay was an American pulp fantasy, science fiction and horror illustrator. He has been called “part of the pulp magazine history … one of the foremost contributors of original and imaginative art work for the most memorable science fiction and fantasy publications of our time.” 

virgil finlay, science fiction, scifi, sci fi, illustration, drawing, illustrations, drawings, monochromatic, stippling, scratchboard, monsters, aliens, women, robots, space, spaceships, bizarre, fantastic, landscapes, pulp fantasy, upper playground

While he worked in a range of media, from gouacheto oils, Finlay specialized in, and became famous for, detailed pen-and-ink drawings accomplished with abundant stippling, cross-hatching, and scratchboard techniques. He produced wild and fantastic images of monsters, aliens, demons, robots, spacemen, spaceships, bizarre experiments, psychological horror, fantastic landscapes, and women.

virgil finlay, science fiction, scifi, sci fi, illustration, drawing, illustrations, drawings, monochromatic, stippling, scratchboard, monsters, aliens, women, robots, space, spaceships, bizarre, fantastic, landscapes, pulp fantasy, upper playground virgil finlay, science fiction, scifi, sci fi, illustration, drawing, illustrations, drawings, monochromatic, stippling, scratchboard, monsters, aliens, women, robots, space, spaceships, bizarre, fantastic, landscapes, pulp fantasy, upper playground virgil finlay, science fiction, scifi, sci fi, illustration, drawing, illustrations, drawings, monochromatic, stippling, scratchboard, monsters, aliens, women, robots, space, spaceships, bizarre, fantastic, landscapes, pulp fantasy, upper playground virgil finlay, science fiction, scifi, sci fi, illustration, drawing, illustrations, drawings, monochromatic, stippling, scratchboard, monsters, aliens, women, robots, space, spaceships, bizarre, fantastic, landscapes, pulp fantasy, upper playground virgil finlay, science fiction, scifi, sci fi, illustration, drawing, illustrations, drawings, monochromatic, stippling, scratchboard, monsters, aliens, women, robots, space, spaceships, bizarre, fantastic, landscapes, pulp fantasy, upper playground virgil finlay, science fiction, scifi, sci fi, illustration, drawing, illustrations, drawings, monochromatic, stippling, scratchboard, monsters, aliens, women, robots, space, spaceships, bizarre, fantastic, landscapes, pulp fantasy, upper playground

 

PSYCHEDELIC LANDSCAPES BY HIDEYUKI KATSUMATA

by Ariadna Zierold

hideyuki katsumata, colorful, vibrant, psychedelic, mutant, character, characters, monsters, limbs, mythology, creatures, demons, odd, upper playground

Hideyuki Katsumata‘s meticulous and colored works are tinged with a psychedelic aesthetic and invite us into an exuberant universe inhabited by mutant characters and monsters with multiple limbs and eyes, robots, UFOs and dragons. The scenery he has created is influenced by both Asian mythology and manga culture.

hideyuki katsumata, colorful, vibrant, psychedelic, mutant, character, characters, monsters, limbs, mythology, creatures, demons, odd, upper playground

Demons, spirits, and creatures of strange possessions all engaging in odd scenes, erotic activities, and vulgar moments – all abound in Katsumata’s expressive compositions. He fills each piece of work with whimsical colors, brisk line work reminiscent of old comics, and scale that leaves you flipping through for more.

hideyuki katsumata, colorful, vibrant, psychedelic, mutant, character, characters, monsters, limbs, mythology, creatures, demons, odd, upper playground hideyuki katsumata, colorful, vibrant, psychedelic, mutant, character, characters, monsters, limbs, mythology, creatures, demons, odd, upper playground hideyuki katsumata, colorful, vibrant, psychedelic, mutant, character, characters, monsters, limbs, mythology, creatures, demons, odd, upper playground hideyuki katsumata, colorful, vibrant, psychedelic, mutant, character, characters, monsters, limbs, mythology, creatures, demons, odd, upper playground hideyuki katsumata, colorful, vibrant, psychedelic, mutant, character, characters, monsters, limbs, mythology, creatures, demons, odd, upper playground

RAW ILLUSTRATIONS BY CHRIS BODILY

by Ariadna Zierold

chris bodily, illustration, ogden, cartoon, cartoonish, creatures, monsters, characters, funny, messy, upper playground

Ogden-based Chris Bodily‘s illustrated and cartoon-like works containing beyond-normal children and and an array of creatures and monsters have been a fixture of the local art scene since becoming a professional freelance artist right out of college, earning him a place in several exhibitions.

chris bodily, illustration, ogden, cartoon, cartoonish, creatures, monsters, characters, funny, messy, upper playground

Bodily’s illustrations are simultaneously raw, funny, messy, cartoonish, and heartbreaking. A big goofy monster holding prescriptions and wanting his heart to be seen with allusions to happiness scribbled on the wall says volumes about the human condition.

chris bodily, illustration, ogden, cartoon, cartoonish, creatures, monsters, characters, funny, messy, upper playground chris bodily, illustration, ogden, cartoon, cartoonish, creatures, monsters, characters, funny, messy, upper playground chris bodily, illustration, ogden, cartoon, cartoonish, creatures, monsters, characters, funny, messy, upper playground chris bodily, illustration, ogden, cartoon, cartoonish, creatures, monsters, characters, funny, messy, upper playground chris bodily, illustration, ogden, cartoon, cartoonish, creatures, monsters, characters, funny, messy, upper playground chris bodily, illustration, ogden, cartoon, cartoonish, creatures, monsters, characters, funny, messy, upper playground

PSYCHEDELIC NIGHTMARES BY SKINNER

by Ariadna Zierold

skinner, psychedelic, bizarre, nightmares, colorful, monsters, upper playground

Skinner is a self-taught artist living in Oakland, California who has meticulously crafted a balance of extraordinary mural work and bizarre and antagonistic installations, while maintaing a prolific commercial career. Influenced by 80’s pop culture, human struggle, myths and violence, dungeons and dragons and the heavy metal gods, Skinner’s mind is one of psycho social mayhem fueled by a calculated chaos.

skinner, psychedelic, bizarre, nightmares, colorful, monsters, upper playground skinner, psychedelic, bizarre, nightmares, colorful, monsters, upper playground skinner, psychedelic, bizarre, nightmares, colorful, monsters, upper playground skinner, psychedelic, bizarre, nightmares, colorful, monsters, upper playground skinner, psychedelic, bizarre, nightmares, colorful, monsters, upper playground skinner, psychedelic, bizarre, nightmares, colorful, monsters, upper playground

SURREALISTIC BESTIARY BY HELL’O MONSTERS

by Ariadna Zierold

hell o monsters, belgium, walls, murals, illustration, monsters, surrealistic, animals, characters, geometry, upper playground

Hell’O Monsters, a collective of Belgian artists, started by using exterior walls as their canvas, but it was within the walls of their studio that the uniform and homogeneous identity of the duo was forged.

hell o monsters, belgium, walls, murals, illustration, monsters, surrealistic, animals, characters, geometry, upper playground

Quite rapidly the strict aesthetic codes that they established based on mastering the line and graphic leitmotiv, were applied to designs, paintings, sculptures and installations. The creative approach is characterized by an extremely conventional freedom paired with meticulous execution. Their universe is inhabited by a surrealistic bestiary of mysterious animals, hybrid characters, architecture and badass geometry.

hell o monsters, belgium, walls, murals, illustration, monsters, surrealistic, animals, characters, geometry, upper playground hell o monsters, belgium, walls, murals, illustration, monsters, surrealistic, animals, characters, geometry, upper playground hell o monsters, belgium, walls, murals, illustration, monsters, surrealistic, animals, characters, geometry, upper playground hell o monsters, belgium, walls, murals, illustration, monsters, surrealistic, animals, characters, geometry, upper playground hell o monsters, belgium, walls, murals, illustration, monsters, surrealistic, animals, characters, geometry, upper playground hell o monsters, belgium, walls, murals, illustration, monsters, surrealistic, animals, characters, geometry, upper playground hell o monsters, belgium, walls, murals, illustration, monsters, surrealistic, animals, characters, geometry, upper playground

TWISTED VISIONS BY JOE VAUX

by Ariadna Zierold

joe vaux, animation, illustration, dark, humor, creepy, bizarre creatures, monsters, upper playground

Los Angeles based artist Joe Vaux was born in Islip, New York. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1994 with BFA Illustration, after which time he started his career in the animation industry. Joe’s fine art has been exhibited internationally and has also participated in numerous group and solo shows, as well as a couple of museum exhibits, including the Suggestivism show at Grand Central Art Center in 2011.

joe vaux, animation, illustration, dark, humor, creepy, bizarre creatures, monsters, upper playground

His work as a director on the the hugely popular animated TV series ‘Family Guy’ has made his name known to most. However, Vaux also engages his boundless imagination and creative skills as a prodigious fine artist, leading viewers into a bizarre, yet strangely familiar world, populated with ghoulish creatures who collectively engender twisted visions with generous spoonfuls of humor. Vaux injects a remarkably playful and distinctly human flavor to his narratives, often shining a light -although a creepy one- on our dreams and fears.

joe vaux, animation, illustration, dark, humor, creepy, bizarre creatures, monsters, upper playground joe vaux, animation, illustration, dark, humor, creepy, bizarre creatures, monsters, upper playground joe vaux, animation, illustration, dark, humor, creepy, bizarre creatures, monsters, upper playground joe vaux, animation, illustration, dark, humor, creepy, bizarre creatures, monsters, upper playground joe vaux, animation, illustration, dark, humor, creepy, bizarre creatures, monsters, upper playground joe vaux, animation, illustration, dark, humor, creepy, bizarre creatures, monsters, upper playground joe vaux, animation, illustration, dark, humor, creepy, bizarre creatures, monsters, upper playground

 

DEMENTED ENCHANTMENT BY MATT DANGLER

by Ariadna Zierold

matt dangler, painting, surreal, monsters, characters, dream, fantasy, upper playground

New Jersey-based artist Matt Dangler’s imaginative explorations continue to evolve as the artist uncovers new facets of his consciousness and broadens the horizon of his spiritual journey with each new painting. Via the induction of a meditative state, which is at the core of his creative practice, Dangler looks inward, in pursuit of glimpses into the true essence of the self; not just in relation to his own being, but of a universal nature, much akin to that found within the Jungian archetypes and what can be derived from our private dream worlds.

matt dangler, painting, surreal, monsters, characters, dream, fantasy, upper playground

By opening himself up to the mysterious cues and metaphors his psyche provides him, Dangler constructs fantastically inspired and engaging imagery, which contains the power to reveal new and undiscovered aspects of the personalities of each and every one of us, by speaking directly to our subconscious and therefore our inherent inner beings.

matt dangler, painting, surreal, monsters, characters, dream, fantasy, upper playground matt dangler, painting, surreal, monsters, characters, dream, fantasy, upper playground matt dangler, painting, surreal, monsters, characters, dream, fantasy, upper playground matt dangler, painting, surreal, monsters, characters, dream, fantasy, upper playground matt dangler, painting, surreal, monsters, characters, dream, fantasy, upper playground matt dangler, painting, surreal, monsters, characters, dream, fantasy, upper playground matt dangler, painting, surreal, monsters, characters, dream, fantasy, upper playground

 

CREATURE PORTRAITS BY TRAVIS LOUIE

by Ariadna Zierold

travis louie, portraits, characters, monsters, vintage, monochromatic, sepia, creatures, painting, upper playground

Travis Louie was born in Queens, New York in 1964 and is currently living and working in the Hudson Valley area. He paints fascinating portraits which appear to have been unearthed from dusty vaults originating from the bygone days of some 19th century alternative reality. Louie’s portfolio is a truly magnificent archive of monochrome and sepia tinted imagery, all populated with curious characters and charismatic creatures, adorned in their finest Sunday bests; which, one can only assume, were lovingly pulled off the hangers from within their Victorian era closets and worn with pride.

travis louie, portraits, characters, monsters, vintage, monochromatic, sepia, creatures, painting, upper playground

Although Louie’s aesthetic may affectionately borrow from the past, much of the inspiration for his thematic content is very much rooted within his experiences in the present. Being an Asian American and having been exposed to the torment of racism and xenophobia while growing up, Louie imbues his wonderful ensemble of characters with his powerful empathetic emotions, through which they essentially personify a triumphant celebration of our contemporary cultures’ multiracial diversity.

travis louie, portraits, characters, monsters, vintage, monochromatic, sepia, creatures, painting, upper playground travis louie, portraits, characters, monsters, vintage, monochromatic, sepia, creatures, painting, upper playground travis louie, portraits, characters, monsters, vintage, monochromatic, sepia, creatures, painting, upper playground travis louie, portraits, characters, monsters, vintage, monochromatic, sepia, creatures, painting, upper playground travis louie, portraits, characters, monsters, vintage, monochromatic, sepia, creatures, painting, upper playground travis louie, portraits, characters, monsters, vintage, monochromatic, sepia, creatures, painting, upper playground